Commercial water treatment services and maintenance
All mechanical systems, including water treatment systems, should receive routine and regular preventative maintenance. There are two primary benefits of preventative commercial water treatment services and maintenance:
- Routine preventive maintenance makes it a lot less likely that your system will break down.
- If we find something wrong in the early stages of the malfunction during preventative maintenance, the repair is often much easier and less expensive than if the system is malfunctioning for a longer timeframe.
Mechanical and chemical water treatment
Unlike other mechanical systems, water systems work both chemically and mechanically. For example, if your washing machine works mechanically, it will clean your clothes. You can have a water softener that works mechanically, but it might not soften your water if it’s not functionally correctly chemically.
If the control head on your water softener fails, it will take time before the water softener itself fails chemically and you experience problems in your water. At that point, you’re not only repairing the control head, you may also be replacing all of the media in the tank that has now failed chemically.
If you catch that mechanical failure early, you’re much less likely to destroy the media.
Routine commercial water treatment services and maintenance lowers the probability of system failures
When your technicians catch a problem or a defect early, that frequently lowers the cost of maintenance and repairs.
When Secondwind sells a commercial water treatment system, we reach out annually and suggest preventive and routine maintenance. We also inherit systems that another company installed, and the customer is no longer happy with that company’s treatment options. Often, those systems haven’t been routinely serviced in a long time.
We frequently find significant damage that’s costing the customer thousands of dollars to repair because of the lack of preventive and routine maintenance.
For commercial systems that can cost tens of thousands of dollars, spending $500 a year for preventive maintenance makes sense. We service most of New Hampshire, parts of Northern Massachusetts and Southern Maine.
Preventive maintenance becomes more important as the impact of treatment failure increases
For example, when treating humidifiers in a surgery center, if the treatment fails, surgeries must be rescheduled. In addition to treating drinking water, treating steam boilers and humidifiers are common tasks for our team of water experts.
Critical applications for commercial water softening
Water softening is most critical in commercial buildings that use a lot of hot water or produce steam. Hotels, dormitories, health clubs and food service businesses should have water softeners. If your business has showers, the scale caused by water hardness is going to have much more impact than it would in a home where you might only use 100 gallons of hot water every day.
If your business uses thousands of gallons of hot water every day and if your facility is using boilers to make steam, water softening is absolutely critical.
For example, a paper mill may have a steam boiler as large as a house and a cost of $1 million. If the water softener for the boiler fails, that will shut the boiler and the entire plant down until repairs are made.
About 70% to 80% of our commercial water treatment involves water softeners. Water softeners not only take out hardness, they also treat iron and manganese in the water. Routine monitoring of water quality, both treated and untreated, can frequently detect changes that would result in failure if not attended to.
Consistent and reliable water treatment is not just about the mechanics, it’s also about the chemistry. If your business has a steam boiler but not a water softener for the boiler, call us today.